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Gentlemen:

Heat of 135 degrees fahrenheit (57 degrees celsius) is fatal to moths in all life stages--adult, egg, and the disastrous larva. To exploit this vulnerability during hot weather, I place my fine clothes in my car--which I've strategically parked in full sun, with windows closed. I allow the clothing to bake for an hour or two. Laying the clothing under black plastic will intensify the heat. I use this technique to protect my Persian carpets and cashmere blankets, as well.

Lamentably, an annual heat treatment will not confer complete protection against moths, inasmuch as the eggs can hatch in as few as 30 days under ideal conditions. (Under less-than-ideal circumstances, the eggs can take as long as two-and-a-half years to hatch.)

The heat treatment involves a bit of to and fro, but it allows one to reduce exposure to napthalene and paradichlorobenzene (the chemicals in moth balls).

GDLR
 
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